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Forestry Sector

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 4 November 2020

Wednesday, 4 November 2020

Questions (162)

Alan Dillon


162. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine when a decision will be made on a forestry application lodged by a person (details supplied) in County Mayo; the reason for the delay in making a decision on the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34063/20]

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Written answers (Question to Agriculture)

The contract specified was approved under the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme with two grant payments and annual premiums to be paid across the lifetime of the contract, subject to compliance with scheme Terms and Conditions.

The first instalment grant application has been received by my Department, but payment could not be made so far because several shortcomings on the plantation were identified during a routine inspection by the relevant District Inspector. These shortcomings have been communicated to the person named as part of a remedial works request letter. The District Inspector as well as my Department’s Engineering staff are currently in the process of assessing the additional information received from the person named following issuing of this request and a decision will be communicated as soon as this assessment is complete.